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Zorra Township, Ontario in Colour Photos – My Top 13 Picks

Zorra Township

Zorra is a township in Oxford County in south-western Ontario. A predominantly rural municipality, Zorra was formed in 1975 through the amalgamation of East Nissouri, West Zorra and North Oxford townships. It is best known for the Highland Games weekend held each summer in Embro, celebrating the heritage of the Scottish pioneer families. The township comprises the communities of Banner, Bennington, Brooksdale, Brown’s Corners, Cody’s Corners, Dicksons Corners, Dunn’s Corner, Embro, Golspie, Granthurst, Harrington, Harrington West, Holiday, Kintore, Lakeside, Maplewood, McConkey, Medina, Rayside, Thamesford, Uniondale, Youngsville, and Zorra Station.

Among the earliest settlers of Zorra Township, were United Empire Loyalists from the New England States. Zorra was first surveyed in 1820 and Embro became a separate municipality in 1858. Embro is located on a branch of the Thames River. The first buildings were two distilleries owned by McDonald and Crittenden.

Flour, grist and oatmeal mills were built. John McDonald built a carding and cloth factory. Businesses started up: watchmaker and jeweler, boots and shoes, eight blacksmith shops, wagon and carriage makers, tinsmith, carpenters, potash manufacturer, four general stores, two cabinet makers, undertaker, three doctors, and a pump manufacturer. In 1875, Embro had two newspapers, “The Planet” and “The Review”, with a third added in 1880, “The Embro Courier”. The Embro Public Library started as a Mechanics Institute in 1882; it became a public library in 1895.

Architectural Photos, Embro, Ontario
137 St. Andrews Street – hipped roof, cornice brackets
Architectural Photos, Embro, Ontario
Embro – 114 Argyle Street – verge board trim and finial on center gable of Ontario Cottage
Architectural Photos, Embro, Ontario
Embro – 70 Commissioner Street – hipped roof, cornice brackets
Architectural Photos, Embro, Ontario
Embro – 70 Ross Street – bay window
Architectural Photos, Embro, Ontario
Embro – 76 Ross Street – iron cresting above porch, trim on gable
Architectural Photos, Embro, Ontario
Embro – 87 Ross Street – Neo-Colonial – gambrel roofs
Architectural Photos, Embro, Ontario
Embro – 109 Huron Street – Gothic Revival – verge board trim on gable, bay window
Architectural Photos, Medina, Ontario
Medina – Field stone, two-story bay window, corner quoins, cornice brackets
Architectural Photos, Kintore, Ontario
Kintore – # 195962
Architectural Photos, Kintore, Ontario
Kintore – Two-and-a-half-story bay window with verge board trim on gable, decorative cornice with brackets
Architectural Photos, Thamesford, Ontario
Thamesford – 109 Dundas Street – hipped roof, cornice brackets, two-story bay window
Architectural Photos, Thamesford, Ontario
Thamesford – #174 – two-story tower-like bay capped with a gable, fretwork
Architectural Photos, Thamesford, Ontario
Thamesford – #205 – Gothic Revival – verge board trim on gables, corner quoins, voussoirs over windows

Ingersoll, Ontario Book 2 in Colour Photos – My Top 11 Picks

Ingersoll, Ontario Book 2

Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
55 King Street West – Italianate – decorative gable and cornice with brackets
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
129 King Street West – paired cornice brackets, two-story bay
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
130 King Street East – decorative cornice on house and veranda
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
143 and 145 King Street East – Neo-Colonial style with gambrel roots
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
108 Church Street
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
90 Canterbury Street – hipped roof, paired cornice brackets, dichromatic brickwork
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
112 Canterbury Street – Italianate – hipped roof, paired cornice brackets, corner quoins, bay window, second-floor balcony, transom window above door
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
44 Victoria Street – Gothic Revival, verge board trim and finial on gable
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
89 Ann Street – pediment with decorative tympanum, dormer with triple windows
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
140 Ann Street – 2½-storey bay with fretwork, semi-circular window in gable, enclosed sun porch on second floor
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
145 Ann Street – multi-windowed dormer, second-floor balcony, decorative cornice, Doric pillars supporting veranda

Ingersoll, Ontario Book 1 in Colour Photos – My Top 17 Picks

Ingersoll, Ontario Book 1

The town of Ingersoll is ten miles from Woodstock, twenty-one miles from London, and ninety-eight from Toronto. Ingersoll was incorporated in 1865, and by the enterprise of its inhabitants enjoyed a steady and progressive growth. Most of the town was built on the sides and summit of the high gravelly banks of the River Thames, which flows through it and supplies constant water power, of which due advantage was taken by several factories at the waterside. The town got its name from a pioneer family named Ingersoll, who were among the first settlers in this district and took a very prominent part in the early career of the community.

It was situated on the Great Western Division of the Grand Trunk Railway, and also on the Credit Valley Branch of the Canadian Pacific. The country around is fertile, and large quantities of cheese were shipped from here. The manufacture of flour and cornmeal, with woolen and planing mills, a tannery and four agricultural implement factories, formed its chief industries; grain, livestock, and general manufactured products, in addition to cheese, formed its chief shipments.

In 1886 a special effort was made to induce desirable factories to locate here and in the following year the John Morrow Machine Screw Works, the Evans Bros. and Littler Piano factory and the Hault furniture factory were secured by giving liberal bonuses. Later on, the St. Charles Condenser and the Ingersoll Nut Factory were opened.

Ingersoll was the first town in Canada to adopt the silica-barytic sidewalks in 1890 when a contract was given to Otto Guelich of Detroit, to construct a sidewalk on the east side of Thames Street from the Atlantic House to the Baptist Tabernacle, a distance of three blocks. In 1891 a local company was organized with Walter Mills as manager, and year by year the work has been carried on till now nearly every street on both sides has a nice, clean, smooth silica-barytic sidewalk, totaling about fifty miles.

Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
181 Oxford Street – This cement block house was built for R.A. Skinner who owned and operated Skinner’s Livery on the north side of Charles Street at the Oxford corner. Stained-glass panel on first floor window; pediment above porch with Doric pillars; a lion on either side of the front steps. This home was the scene of many elaborate house parties, the form of entertainment that made up the fabric of social life of the times. The Skinner Livery, sometimes referred to as the Bon Ton Livery, maintained vehicles for pleasure driving, business trips, weddings, funerals, etc.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
185 Oxford Street – This one-story Regency Cottage with a hipped roof is over one hundred years old. Its most attractive features are the front porch with the decorative fascia board, molded brackets and interesting railing construction and the two stained-glass panels in the front windows. This house was built for his sister by F. Richardson, lumber dealer and owner of a planing mill. He became involved in the lumber business around 1885 and erected or supplied lumber for many buildings in the area.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
189 Oxford Street – This large brick building, one of the older homes in this section of Oxford Street, was erected by the Christopher Brothers and occupied by Aaron Christopher for a number of years. The broad bracketed eave of the Italianate style was common in Ontario around 1860. The Christopher Brothers were well known Ingersoll contractors who built many structures, still in use in the Town (e.g. Daly House and the Anglican Church, as well as many quality homes). It has a bay window with three windows.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
213 Oxford Street – This dwelling, commonly referred to as the Gray House, was built in three sections. The angled window frame on the south side is typical of the architectural style of the 1850s and 1860s. It was purchased by Benjamin Gray in 1895 for $450.00 from John Hugi II, well known Ingersoll Photographer. At one time Benjamin Gray was the market clerk at the Town Hall and he also collected the rental fee, sometimes as low as $1.00, for the use of the auditorium. There is a cornice return on the large gable and on the pediment above the porch which is supported by square pillars.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
218 Oxford Street – This beautiful red brick home was built in 1896 for Henry G. Boyse. He owned and operated a farm near Verschoyle where he was born. Later he moved to Ingersoll and opened a flour and feed store at 70 Thames Street North. The roofing is the original Welsh Slate as is the iron work around the roof top and porch railing.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
244 Oxford Street – This white frame Victorian style house was built by Justus Miller in 1895. In the 1880s he and his brother became successful contractors for the Dominion Government, constructing such large public works as canal locks, docks, etc. After moving to Mount Elgin, he became engaged in the lumber business. The mass production of thin studs and joists replaced the massive timbers needed to frame a house. These homes were termed “Stick Style”. This house incorporated a whimsical tower, bay windows, interesting roof angles and a veranda with softly curved arches and fancy woodwork.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
250 Oxford Street – Decorative barge board (gingerbread), taken from designs found in windows of medieval churches, became a popular addition to houses in the 1860s. It was cut from three-inch-thick pine boards. The earliest barge board was more board than space but later took on a lacy look, indicating that this dwelling was built circa 1880-1890. The gables of this Victoria home are further emphasized by the addition of the finials. The original yellow brick has been painted.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
261 Oxford Street – This house built circa 1882 was one of the first to be constructed of the smooth red brick which became available at this time. The exterior walls were double bricked. Brick was also used for some of the interior wall construction which became apparent when a former owner removed two of the walls to enlarge a room. On the south side was a conservatory and green house which was replaced by a sun room. A dumb waiter, with several shelves and sliding glass doors, allowed food to be raised to the kitchen from the basement which was used as a cold storage. Originally the house had five fireplaces. Beautifully carved woodwork adorns the remaining mantles as well as the banister railing. Mr. Spencer Freeman was the original owner. Later C.W. Riley, a local cheese maker bought the property. He was the nephew of C.W. Riley Sr. “Cheese King of Western Ontario” and took over the ownership of Slawson’s Cheese Company, Ingersoll from his uncle. There is a two-story bay window; finials on gables.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
270 Oxford Street – The corner stone of this red brick Victorian home built in 1897 was discovered during renovations and bears the name “Buchanan”. The property was purchased in the early 1900s by Mr. & Mrs. G. Bartlett, clothing merchants in Ingersoll for many years. The home with its eleven-foot ceilings has four bedrooms, the original “maids” staircase and an elegant winding cherry staircase in the front hall. The fretwork design paneling and the beveled glass in the front door and in upstairs windows have been preserved.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
276 Oxford Street – Oxford Manor Retirement Home – This large yellow brick Italianate Villa style home was built circa 1880 by the Christopher Brothers and was the residence of Aaron Christopher. The design was introduced in England at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign as a model suburban housing for the rising mercantile class. Its main feature is the central Tuscan Tower with its tall rounded Italianate style windows and eaves.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
305 Oxford Street – This yellow brick Victorian home, built circa 1865, features a two-story detached barn where the original occupants stabled their horses and carriages. Mr. Richard Seldon and his daughter, Annie, who lived here from 1894 to 1967, served as Clerks for the Township of North Oxford. Between 1918 and 1967 residents came to the house to pay their taxes in what is now the formal dining room. High ceilings, elaborate moldings, wide baseboards and pine floors grace each of the formal rooms in the main part of the house. The brass chandeliers in the dining room and lower hall are original, as is the fireplace in the parlor. Molded cherubs decorate one of the two curved archways upstairs. The servants’ quarters were located in the rear portion of the house along with the summer kitchen which retains its original painted tin ceiling. The Seldon House with its triple brick exterior walls was built to last. It has paired cornice brackets, a second-floor balcony, and two-story bay windows.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
310 Oxford Street – This Neo-Gothic style home referred to as the “Gayfer House” was built in 1863 by Noxon. Except for the removal of a wrought iron fence bordering the street, the house from the front appears as it did when first built. In the early 1900s the rear wing was demolished and a sun room, pantry and rear vestibule were erected using the original brick. The three chimneys are chimney flues and ventilation chimneys. The original roofing was slate. Guy Lumbardo played in this house for the “Coming Out” party of Dorothy Gayfer with over two hundred invited guests. According to a granddaughter of John Gayfer, the tower was used for learning to smoke! The land and premises were purchased by Louise and John Gayfer (a well-known Ingersoll druggist) in 1881 and remained in the Gayfer family until the 1960s.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
316 Oxford Street – Many of the features of a Tudor style house have been incorporated in this home, including the patterned brick work, interesting chimney treatment, groups of rectangular windows, and complex roof line with many gables. Straight clean lines and design are typical. The home was built in 1937 and given to Harold and Lorna Wilson by his father E.A. Wilson as a wedding present. The Wilson family owned the Ingersoll Machine & Tool Company and were also involved in speed boat racing. In 1939 Harold won the President’s Cup with his craft “Miss Canada”, making the first time in U.S. boat racing history that the cup was won by a foreigner. Harold is included in the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
189 Thames Street South – The Smith House – James Smith emigrated from Scotland in 1862. Shortly after his arrival in Ingersoll, he married Alice Galliford, daughter of John Galliford, Ingersoll’s first reeve. They moved into this house which was a small one-story cottage at the time. As the family grew to include nine children, a wing was built on the south side which included a kitchen and a dining room. A second story containing five bedrooms was also added. John admired the mansard roof line of the newly completed Niagara District Bank across the street and he incorporated a similar roof line in his second-story addition. When indoor plumbing was added, one of the bedrooms was converted into a bathroom.
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
120 Charles Street West – dichromatic brickwork
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
112 Albert Street – two-story frontispiece, iron cresting above entrance door
Architectural Photos, Ingersoll, Ontario
415 Harris Street – Elm Hurst Inn & Spa – 1872 – sidelights and transom windows surrounding double entrance doors, bay window, oriel window, tower, verge board trim on gables

Tavistock and Innerkip and Area in Colour Photos – My Top 16 Picks

Tavistock and Innerkip and Area

Tavistock is located 15 kilometers southeast of Stratford and five kilometers south of Shakespeare on County Road 59. In 1848, Captain Henry Eckstein founded Tavistock. The world championship crokinole tournament has been held here annually since 1999.

Innerkip is located on Oxford Road 29 north of Highway 401, northeast of Woodstock.

Huntingford is located on County Road 59, north of Woodstock, west of Innerkip.

Punkeydoodles Corners is located four miles east of Tavistock. Today the corner has a scattering of houses and farms. At one time it was a bustling stop along the Huron Road. The most popular legend about how it got its name is from the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy” which was popular in the 1800s and often sung around the piano at the inn and tavern located at the Corner during the late nineteenth century. Today, the corner is the meeting place of three districts – Oxford County, Perth County and the Region of Waterloo.

Hickson is located at the intersection of Highway 59 and County Road 8, about thirteen kilometers north of Woodstock and ten kilometers south of Tavistock. Hickson was founded in 1876 when the Port Dover and Lake Huron Railway created a whistle-stop here. The new village was named after Sir Joseph Hickson, the general manager of the Grand Trunk Railway.

Architectural Photos, Tavistock, Ontario
Tavistock – 52 Woodstock Street South – The Glass Swan – This late Italianate style has existed since 1892 when Dr. Otto Niemeier bricked over two adjoining structures. This residence is one of the oldest remaining in Tavistock and was the location of several early merchants and doctors.
Architectural Photos, Tavistock, Ontario
#6 – paired cornice brackets under the eaves
Architectural Photos, Tavistock, Ontario
#18 – Queen Anne style – three-story tower, Doric pillars supporting veranda with pediment
Architectural Photos, Tavistock, Ontario
28 Hope Street West – hipped roof with dormer, pediment
Architectural Photos, Tavistock, Ontario
44 Hope Street West – verge board trim on gable
Architectural Photos, Tavistock, Ontario
# 45 – Hillcroft – A lovely yellow brick Queen Anne, with an interesting variation of roof pitches; beautiful Neoclassical pillar details
Architectural Photos, Tavistock, Ontario
Yellow brick, two story – verge board, cornice brackets
Architectural Photos, Tavistock, Ontario
94 William Street – The Maples Home for Seniors – Second Empire – mansard roof, dormers, drip molds and keystones, bay window
Architectural Photos, Innerkip, Ontario
182 Blandford Street – built in 1867 – first owner Charles Vincent – two story frame house with a stone front and a decorative roof with dormers
Architectural Photos, Innerkip, Ontario
172 Blandford Street – built 1855 – 2 story home with stone foundation, gingerbread trim on the center gable, a porch on each floor. The owners welcomed us, showed their home and shared a picnic lunch with us in their backyard.
Architectural Photos, Innerkip, Ontario
134 Blandford Street – built 1880 – 2 story yellow brick with red brick corners quoins and red brick above windows, gingerbread trim on gable
Architectural Photos, Innerkip, Ontario
132 Coleman Street – Gothic – built 1888 – 2 story stone building, steel roof, verge board trim on gable
Architectural Photos, Innerkip, Ontario
Two-story stone building with hipped roof
Architectural Photos, Huntingford, Ontario
Huntingford – Gothic Style, yellow brick, two story
Architectural Photos, Hickson, Ontario
Victorian style, 2 story, bay windows on lower level, yellow brick, balcony above porch, quoining, voussoirs, decorative brickwork
Architectural Photos, Hickson, Ontario
Yellow brick, two-story home with bay windows on each corner, paired cornice brackets under the eaves, hipped roof

Woodstock, Ontario Book 4 in Colour Photos – My Top 13 Picks

Woodstock, Ontario Book 4

Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
33 Light Street – c. 1869 – Queen Anne – two story with attic, red brick, slate roof with fish scale slate on towers, gable roof, styled stone lintel, keystone and drip course above windows and doorways, corbel cornice encircle the house at the eaves, dormer casement window in gable has pediment lintel, paired windows in square tower and wall dormer, square tower has steep hip roof, circular tower has cone roof, double door topped with segmental transom
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
39 Light Street – c. 1861 – symmetrical two story, red brick, trunked hip roof, dormer with verge board and paired brackets, corbel bricking on chimneys, central window has stone lintel and basket weave bricks in semi-circle above window, soldier styled drip course, central door has ellipse shaped transom, paired Doric columns support open porch
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
77 Light Street – 1878 – Italianate – two story, white brick, trunked hip roof, decorative cornice with dentils, paired brackets, cut stone lentils on windows, shutters, closed front porch has semi-circular heading, door has tear-drop windows, open balcony. James Hay established the Hay and Company in 1893, which specialized in plywood and veneer materials, later known as Weldwood. Active in Municipal affairs, he was Deputy Reeve and later Mayor 1893-1894. One of the early founders and directors of the Woodstock Board of Trade in 1877, he also built Woodstock’s first waterworks to eliminate typhoid and provide fire protection. He was the first citizen in Woodstock to install telephones in his home and business in 1879.
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
81 Light Street – c. 1849 – Gothic – symmetrical 1½ story, white stucco, gable roof, paired wall door and central gable have ribbon verge board, single brackets; one-over-one Gothic, flat and semi-circular windows, shutters; central paired front door, collared tapered Doric columns support pediment decorated open verandah
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
93 Light Street – c. 1849 – Modern Tudor architectural style – two-story, rug brick, trunked roof, shed dormer, off-centered door
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
107 Light Street – c. 1882 – Italianate – two story, red brick, trunked hip roof, single brackets, two-story bay window, off-centered double doors, collared square posts support open verandah and open balcony
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
157 Light Street – built in 1875 – Queen Anne style with varied roof line, decorated verge board on gables, dormers and tower; second-floor balcony
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
165 Light Street – c. 1874 – Italianate – symmetrical two story, white brick, hip roof, paired brackets equally distributed, side lights and transom flank centered door
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
246 Light Street – c. 1877 – Italianate – two story, buff brick with red brick decorated quoins and string course, hip roof with single and paired brackets and dentils, segmental arch windows with decorated shutters, two-story bay window, porch with turned posts supports balcony, door has ellipse shape transom
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
247 Light Street – c. 1884 – Second Empire, two story, red brick (painted), decorated painted wood shingles on Mansard roof, brick string course and recessed bricking beneath 1st story bay window, double front door with transom is protected by new porch, cut field stone foundation
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
288 Light Street – c. 1861 – Edwardian – two story with attic, red brick, hip roof with gable roof over second story bay window and front extension, painted red wood shingles in gable end with Palladian windows, delicate dentils at roof and porch cornice, two large rectangular windows are topped with beautiful semi-circular stained glass windows, all windows have stone sills and keystone arched brick to match semi-circular windows, tapered Doric pillars support open porch with a small balcony which has turned posts with turned balusters, cut stone foundation
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
81 Perry Street – c. 1875 – designated – Italianate, builder was William Thompson – two story, yellow brick, quoins, trunked hip roof, flat roof closed porch, with decorative paired bracket with semi-circular one-over-one windows, cement platform porch with aluminum railing
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
606 Peel Street – c. 1875 – symmetrical one-story Regency cottage with finished attic, red brick now painted, trunked hip roof, front hip dormer, continuance of roof forms roof of verandah

Woodstock, Ontario Book 3 in Colour Photos – My Top 14 Picks

Woodstock, Ontario Book 3

Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
415 Hunter Street – 1892 – County Court House – Richardsonian Romanesque style -2½ story, rose sandstone with white sandstone lintels and drip molding, steep pitch irregular slate roof, wall dormers with parapet walls topped with finial, semi-circular windows above double hung windows, recessed double doors, framed with Roman arch, supported by pillars, two pillars have carved monkey heads, 2,2 story semi-circular bay windows, large stone newel posts flank stairs, towers, turrets and elaborate chimneys, Centenary stone mounted in the central buttress
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
445 Hunter Street – Public Library – built in 1909 – Beaux-Arts Classicism style – brick, stucco on details such as quoins, columns, portico, Corinthian order columns with flutes, formed metal cornice, flat roof, Carnegie library
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
410 Hunter Street – Neo-Classical Revival – Central Public School – built in 1880 – two story with usable attic, deep wood eaves with decorated brackets, parapet with broken cornice above main entrance, first floor window ellipse and double hung, second floor semi-circular, double front door with ellipse transom, name of school in stone above doorway on second floor, decorated trunked chimneys with corbel bricking, three entrances – boys, girls and teachers lead to large spacious halls, all reached by steps
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
39 Vansittart Avenue – 1880 – Harry H. Powell, President Woodstock Gas and Light Company – Italianate – two story, painted brick, some bricks have paw prints, hip roof, decorative dentils between paired brackets, one-story bay window, decorative shutters, off-centered door, turned posts, sunburst spindles, turned balusters, L shape verandah
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
81 Vansittart Avenue – Colonial Revival – symmetrical two story with attic, dull red brick, gable roof has a pair of dormers separated by triangular window, stone sills and lintels, centered door with segmental top flanked with side lights and ellipse transom, oriel 4-over-4 windows supported with paired thick brackets
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
84 Vansittart Avenue – It was built in 1864 by Mr. Thomas H. Parker, a prominent merchant and first president of the Board of Trade in 1877. Mr. Parker was Mayor of Woodstock in 1878 and 1879. In 1911, Mr. M. W. Rowell was leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and resided here during his term as provincial member for Oxford. Italianate villa – two story with attic, white brick, low pitch gable roof, deep eaves supported by paired brackets, windows grouped, first floor 2-over-2 flat, second floor 1-over-1 flat, decorative wooden lintels, sills supported with brackets, semi-circular windows on second floor, door in tower, segmental transom, hood supports balcony, Doric columns support side verandah, squared off-centered tower has hip roof ending in decorative finial
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
114 Vansittart Avenue – c. 1888 – Queen Anne – 1½ story, red brick, painted blue shingles on gables, gable roof, decorated cantilever brackets on gables, one-story bay window, second floor semi-circular window, off-centered door, sturdy brick pillars support L shape verandah, cantilever brackets
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
122 Vansittart Avenue – c. 1885 – Italianate, Edwardian – two story, red brick, decorative brick string course, hip roof, dentils with paired brackets on corners, off-centered door, stained glass transom, sturdy brick pillars support verandah, decorative string course, corbel bricking on chimney
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
123 Vansittart Avenue – c. 1860s – Neo-classical – two story, trunked hip roof, single brackets, 9-over-9 flat windows, off-centered door flanked by side lights and rectangular transom, turned posts and spindles and balusters support verandah
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
133 Vansittart Avenue – Gothic Revival – 1½ story, white brick, steep pitched gable roof with decorative paired exposed rafters, Gothic wall dormers and roof ends decorated with finials, flat windows grouped, centered door, rectangular transom, decorative shutters, paired square pillars support open verandah
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
140 Vansittart Avenue – Tudor Revival style – 1½ story, stucco/timber in gables, salt box roof and gable roof at rear with gable wall dormer, multi-lights in grouped casement windows, off-centered door
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
209 Vansittart Avenue – Vernacular – two story with apartments in attic, steep gable roof, south window has diamond lights with lead muntins, pediment verandah is half open and half closed with shingle sides and wood piers
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
210 Vansittart Avenue – built in 1895 by Thomas Leopold “Carbide” Wilson, inventor of the first commercial calcium-carbide process for the manufacturer of acetylene gas. It was the residence of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s until 1975. It is a voluptuous two-story house with finished attic of irregular shape in Richardsonian Romanesque style using contrasting brick, cut stone and hanging tiles – stone main floor, red brick second floor; steep red slate roof, red tiles in gable end and small casement windows, several balconies, large shed roof verandah, brick posts, turned balusters, lattice skirt, a porte-cochere for people to be protected from weather when leaving buggy or cars, off-set tower
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
487 Princess Street – This house was constructed by Ralph Bickerton, carpenter and builder, as his family home in 1881. His sons, William John, Robert George, and James Graham, established in 1885 the nationally-known Bickerton Brothers Harness and Saddlery business. Italianate, Neo-classical – symmetrical full two story, red brick, dichromatic brick accent, trunked hip roof, decorative pediment above entrance, paired brackets on wide cornice with dentils, decorative shutters, centered door with etched glass transom, Doric columns support classical pediment roof

Woodstock, Ontario Book 2 in Colour Photos – My Top 14 Picks

Woodstock, Ontario Book 2

Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
10 Wellington Street South – Italianate, hipped roof, cornice brackets, pillared verandah supports, dentil molding on verandah cornice, spindles on verandah surround
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
45 Wellington Street South – c. 1853 – L shape, 1½ story, white brick, gable roof, has delicate verge board with central pendant post, 2-over-2 windows on second floor, 1-over-1 rectangular window in pairs on main floor, shutters, one-story bay, bell roof over door with a rectangular transom
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
57 Wellington Street South – Edwardian, Ionic capitals on verandah pillar supports
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
62 Wellington Street South – c. 1874 – Italianate – L shape two-story, white brick with decorative quoins, trunked hip roof, deep eaves with wide cornice, dentils, smaller paired brackets and larger single brackets, paired chimneys, 2/2 segmental windows, one-story bay window, door has segmental transom protected with roof supported on large brackets
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
95 Wellington Street South – c. 1853 – Neo-classical – square, symmetrical full two-story, buff brick, hip roof, 3-over-3 bays, 2-over-2 rectangular double hung windows, decorative aluminum shutters
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
36 Wellington Street North – c. 1854 -Queen Anne – full two-story with attic, red brick, gable roof, two hip roofs with dormers, two-story bay window with gable roof, verge board with pendant posts and large brackets, porch and balcony have turned posts, spindles, lattice and brick-a-brac, string course is patterned brickwork, six-sided two-story tower with steep hip roof topped with finial, paired post support gable roof side porch
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
82 Wellington Street North – The Neo-Classical designed house and coach house were built for the family of Jennet (McDonald) and Homer Pratt Brown in 1860. In 1844 Brown became a partner with the Woodstock Foundry (515 Dundas Street). Brown was a member of town council, Mayor in 1861 and County Treasurer for many years. The sills and supporting lintels were metal and made at Brown’s foundry. Since Brown was an active member of the Masonic Lodge there is an emblem of the Eastern Star, as a window, found in the pediment above the front door. The squared, paired, Doric pillars frame the front porch which shelters a rectangular transom and side lights which are divided into many rectangular lights. Decorative brackets in pairs add symmetry to the design. Each window has a decorative lintel; above the second-story front hall window, there is a larger stone lintel with an English Rose on each side of acanthus leaves; small brackets of acanthus leaves support the lintel.
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
419 Drew Street – c. 1886 – Edwardian, Tudor Revival – two story with attic, red brick, filled in balcony in half timber, patterned grey slate gable roof, projecting eaves with thick cornice, variety of styled windows, large semi-circular window in upper floor with brick headings, keystones, centered door protected by open large brick piers, porch with closed balcony, 2 rows of dog tooth string course, brick lintels, decorative brickwork on chimney
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
405 Drew Street – c. 1891 – T. McClay, builder – Romanesque – large two story with attic, red brick, trunked grey slate hip roof with painted green wooden shingles in gables, projecting eaves, curved corners with brackets, front gables, center square tower supported by Roman arch is topped by a finial, four arched windows in tower, triptych window, large semi-elliptical shape window on main floor, flat 1/1 double hung stained glass window on upper floor, flat 1/1 double hung windows are topped with stained glass, center door is found beneath arches of tower, ellipse stained glass transom, open side porch with turned wooden balusters; decorative, horizontal parallel brick lines on both floors; corbel bricks cornice edge of tower and chimney
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
376 Drew Street – c. 1852 – Edwardian – L shape two story with attic, red brick, trunked hip roof with one gable dormer and one gable both with green painted shingles in a pattern, gable end has Palladian window with decorated cornice in apex, center door is protected by square piers, open porch
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
321 Drew Street – c. 1860 – Ontario Vernacular – 1½ story, buff brick, front gable roof, decorative verge board, string course, drip molding and decorative corbel bricking frame, semi-circular 1/1 windows, small square colored glass in front windows, side porch with turned posts, spindles and brackets, flat roof with shingle skirt protects closed and open porch, slat skirt
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
315 Drew Street –c. 1855 – Queen Anne – two story with attic, red brick, trunked hip roof, oriel roof on side of house, gable roof above two story bay window, decorative dentils, triangular window in gable, top light stained glass, hip roof on open balcony supported by Doric pillars, closed verandah with gable roof on porch with Doric columns, corbel bricking on chimney
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
385 Brant Street – The dwelling was built about 1890 for Thomas A. McCleneghan, Deputy Postmaster and son of Alex R. McCleneghan (81 Perry Street) who was Postmaster. The dwelling is of the Regency style, 1½ stories, low hip roof and cottage appearance. The center door, flanked by large square windows, is typical of this style. The front entrance is flanked by three windows topped with an ellipse shape segmented head window. On the front porch, the ellipse and square designs are repeated in the lattice work. The brick work features beautiful brick work in the drip molding and chimney. Other details include a rectangular patterned verge board, an iron-crested bay window accented with a pair of finals and a continually repeated pattern or rectangular patterns in windows and brickwork. The McCleneghan family were active in the business and social life of Woodstock and contributed greatly to the development of the city. It remained in that family until about 1920 when it was sold to Robert S. Bickle, President and Founder of the Bickle Fire Engine Ltd. Mr. Robert S. Bickle was a pioneer in the manufacture of fire trucks and firefighting apparatus in Canada. His company prospered and provided equipment of the highest standard to industries and municipalities throughout the country. As the business expanded it became allied with the Seagrave Company of Columbus Ohio, becoming known as Bickle-Seagrave Ltd. and later King-Seagrave Ltd. Mr. R. S. Bickle was succeeded by his nephew, V.B. King. The company further expanded to include King Trailers Ltd. and also Truck Engineering Ltd. In 1954, it was purchased by Herbert Webster, Field man for the Ontario Co-operative Milk Producers.
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
543 Henry Street – Canadian National Railway Station – built 1880 – now VIA – gables with verge board trim, corner quoins, fretwork with trefoil cut outs

Woodstock, Ontario Book 1 in Colour Photos – My Top 11 Picks

Woodstock, Ontario Book 1

Woodstock is located in the heart of South Western Ontario, at the junction of highways 401 and 403, 50 kilometers east of London and 60 kilometers west of Kitchener. Woodstock is the largest municipality in Oxford County, a county known for its rich farmland, and for its dairy and cash crop farming. As well as being “The Dairy Capital of Canada”, Woodstock also has a large industrial base, much of which is related to the auto manufacturing industry.

In 1792, Sir John Graves Simcoe became Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and made plans for the development of the interior of Upper Canada. He envisioned a series of town sites linked by a military road and a system of rivers and canals, providing inland access during an era when commerce and settlements depended on major waterways. London, Chatham, Dorchester and Oxford were designated town sites with London as the defensible capital. The military road stretching from Burlington Bay through Woodstock to London provided an overland supply route for the safe movement of troops and settlers. Simcoe named this road Dundas Street after Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.

To speed development in the sparsely populated interior of the province, Simcoe granted whole townships to land companies who were obligated to bring in settlers. Simcoe passed through the area now known as Woodstock and noted it a suitable “Town Plot” and settlement began here in 1800.

In the 1830s, a different group of immigrants were encouraged to settle in Oxford to ensure this community’s loyalty to the British crown. British naval and army officers placed on half-pay looked to the colonies for a new career at the conclusion of military service. The first to arrive was Alexander Whalley Light, a retired colonel who came to Oxford County in 1831. He was joined by Philip Graham in 1832, a retired captain of the Royal Navy, and Captain Andrew Drew, on half-pay from the Royal Navy, arrived in Woodstock to make preparations for his superior, Rear-Admiral Henry Vansittart, also on half-pay. Half-pay officers went to considerable lengths to clear their chosen parcels of land.

Admiral Vansittart commissioned Colonel Andrew Drew to build a church (Old St. Paul’s) in a new area of Oxford that was known as the “Town Plot”. The men later quarreled, which led to the construction of a second church known as “New St. Paul’s”.

Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
73 Wilson Street – Italianate/Second Empire – type of mansard roof with dormers, paired cornice brackets, bay window, window hoods
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
50-52 Wilson Street – 1856 – Italianate – symmetrical two story, red brick on face, yellow brick on sides, double unit, trunked hip roof with five-sided roof over second story bay, doors have segmental transoms
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
500 Dundas Street – the current City Hall was constructed of pink sandstone in 1901 as a post office; for over one hundred years it has been the center of the municipal and social life of Woodstock. The corner tower has four clocks. It housed the local government and served as lecture hall, opera house, and assize court. It is basically eighteenth-century Palladian architecture.
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
723 Dundas Street – Old St. Paul’s Church – 1834 – The red-brick church was designed in the Gothic Revival style – lancet windows, dichromatic brickwork. The front elevation has a classically-inspired cornice return, a semi-circular transom over the main entrance door with a brick pediment and pilasters. The tower has a hexagonal cupola with louvered, pointed-arch openings. The base of the cupola is decorated with a dentil trim and bracketed cornice. The low-pitched, timber-frame roof is an example of construction methods used during the 1830s. Old St. Paul’s was closed in 1879 (when New St. Paul’s opened) but re-opened to serve the Anglican community in 1882.
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
Finkle Street – The Oxford Hotel, located across from Market Square and the Town Hall in Woodstock was built in 1880 as “The O’Neill House” in Romanesque style. It saw guests such as Oscar Wilde and Reginald Birchall.
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
39 Victoria Street – c. 1877 – Neo-Classical cottage – 1½ story, buff brick, hip roof, dormer, wooden lintels and brackets support window sills, wood shutters, three-panel double door on storm porch
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
45 Victoria Street – c. 1854 – Italianate, two-story buff brick with red brick quoins, trunked hip roof with Neo-Classical pediment above the front entrance; wide cornice with small brackets ending with larger paired brackets at the corners
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
447 Buller Street – Colonial Revival – 1½ story red brick and white siding, symmetrical, gambrel roof, large three-light shed roof dormer, center door has side lights
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
445 Buller Street – fretwork, oval window in main gable, round window in small gable
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
467 Buller Street – c. 1848 – Italianate – full 2 story, white brick, single unit, asphalt shingles, hip roof, projecting eaves with single brackets, segmental shape windows, a one-story bay window is topped with twin windows on second floor, off-centered door has semi-elliptical transom, small porch roof protects this area, shutters on windows across front of house
Architectural Photos, Woodstock, Ontario
126 Graham Street – c. 1860 – Second Empire – symmetrical three-story white brick, mansard roof, dentils, decorative cornice with large brackets, two-story bay windows flank entrance, decorated cut stone lintels, rough faced stone lintels second floor, dormers have decorative wooden frames, large front door is flanked by transom and side lights, an open portico protects the entrance – now Park Place Retirement Centre

Tillsonburg, Ontario in Colour Photos – My Top 12 Picks

Tillsonburg, Ontario

Tillsonburg is a town in Oxford County located about fifty kilometers southeast of London on Highway 3 at the junction of Highway 19 which connects to Highway 401.

The area was settled in 1825 by George Tillson and other immigrants from Massachusetts. A forge and sawmill were erected and roads built which led to the establishment of a settlement on the Big Otter Creek originally called Dereham Forge.

In 1836 the village was renamed Tillsonburg in honor of its founder. It was also in this year that the main street, Broadway, was laid out to its full 100-foot (30 meter) width. Because the village was predominantly a logging and wood product center, the street width was to accommodate the turning of three-team logging wagons. This width has become a benefit toward handling the pressures of modern-day traffic by providing angled parking. The extension of Broadway north was called Plank Line and is now known as Highway 19.

The water system supplied pure water for domestic use, and provided water power to such industries as a sawmill, planing mill, grist mill, spinning mill, pottery and a tannery. Many of these new establishments were owned, started, or financed by George Tillson.

In 1915, a Public Library was built with funds provided by the Carnegie Foundation, and the town’s Memorial Hospital was constructed in 1925. In the 1920s, major enterprises included milk production, manufacture of shoes, tractors, textiles and tobacco.

Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
38 Ridout Street West – Casa di Luca Restaurant – Queen Anne style, verge board trim on gable, turret
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
59 Ridout Street – Italianate – paired cornice brackets, bay window, voussoirs and keystones, transom window
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
65 Bidwell Street – Queen Anne – turret, wraparound veranda
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
Bidwell Street – Edwardian, Palladian window
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
140 Bidwell Street – Gothic Revival, verge board trim and finial
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
299 Broadway Street – two-story bay windows, cornice brackets, verge board trim
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
295 Broadway Street – two-story high Ionic pillars
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
276 Broadway Street – Queen Anne, turret
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
300 Broadway Street – verge board trim
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
30 Tillson Avenue – Annandale National Historic Site – Constructed in seven years in the 1880s, this was the farm house for E.D. Tillson’s 600-acre Model Farm. The interior of the house exemplifies the Victorian style of design known as the “Aesthetic Art Movement” which was popularized by Oscar Wilde, and encouraged the use of color and decorative detailing. There are hand-painted ceilings, elaborate inlaid floors, ornate mantles, and stained glass throughout.
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
64 Oxford Street – Seven Gables Bed & Breakfast – steeply pitched gables, Palladian windows, wraparound veranda
Architectural Photos, Tillsonburg, Ontario
60 Brock Street West – Neo-Colonial – gambrel roofs, wraparound veranda

Drumbo and Blandford Blenheim Township, Ontario in Colour Photos – My Top 18 Picks

Drumbo and Blandford Blenheim Township

Drumbo acquired its name in 1852; the community was named after Drumbo, Ireland. It is located in Blandford-Blenheim Township, Oxford County at the crossroads of County Road #3 (Wilmot Street) and County Road #29 (Oxford Street); this is south of the 401 Highway and 24 kilometers northeast of Woodstock.

Princeton is located in Oxford County on Country Road #3, twenty-two kilometers east of Woodstock. Etonia, east of Princeton, and Gobles, west of Princeton, are both located on County Road 2. Richwood is located on Blenheim Road and Township Road 5, north of Etonia.

The village of Wolverton is named after its founder, Enos Wolverton (1810-1893), who built up a successful milling enterprise on the Nith River. Enos came to Upper Canada with his parents from Cayuga County, New York state in 1826. He married Harriet Towl in 1834 and had two daughters, Roseltha (Rose) and Melissa (Lissa), and five sons, Alfred, Daniel, Alonzo, Jasper and Newton. Enos’ brother, Asa Wolverton, became a successful businessman in nearby Paris, Ontario. The Crimean War (1854-1856) brought on an agricultural boom in Upper Canada and increased the Wolvertons’ fortunes.

Washington is on County Road 3 (Washington Road) and Regional Road 8, east of Plattsville and north of Drumbo.

Plattsville is located on Township Road 13 & 42 (Albert Street) and Regional Road 8. It is located north of Highway 401, and 32 kilometers northeast of Woodstock. The community was named for its founder, Edward Platt, who settled in 1811 and built a flour mill.

Bright is located where County Roads 22 and 8 cross. Windfall is located on Oxford Road 29, north of Highway 401, west of Drumbo, south of Bright.

Ratho is located on Blandford Road and Township Road 13, northwest of Bright.

Architectural Photos, Drumbo, Ontario
Drumbo – Yellow brick, Ionic pillars supporting an upper balcony, decorative trim on gable, dentil molding
Architectural Photos, Drumbo, Ontario
Drumbo – Italianate – cornice brackets, two-storey veranda
Architectural Photos, Drumbo, Ontario
Drumbo – #15 – Italianate – verge board trim on gable, pediment
Architectural Photos, Drumbo, Ontario
Drumbo – 23 Oxford Street – Prominent brackets on the cornice (roof overhang), triangular pediment above with a Palladian type triple window in the tympanum with the center window flanked by two lower windows
Architectural Photos, Drumbo, Ontario
Drumbo – c. 1880 – wraparound two-story veranda, cornice brackets
Architectural Photos, Princeton, Ontario
Princeton – Neo-Classical style – hip roof, cornice brackets, semi-circular balcony above front door with sidelights and transom
Architectural Photos, Princeton, Ontario
Princeton – #30 – Italianate – hip roof, paired cornice brackets, bric-a-brac on veranda
Architectural Photos, Princeton, Ontario
Princeton – Gothic Revival style with gingerbread verge board and finial
Architectural Photos, Princeton, Ontario
Princeton – #12 – Italianate, cornice brackets, corner quoins
Architectural Photos, Princeton, Ontario
Princeton – #48 – Gothic Revival Regency Cottage
Architectural Photos, Wolverton, Ontario
Wolverton – Gothic, verge board trim on gable
Architectural Photos, Wolverton, Ontario
Wolverton – About 1855, Enos Wolverton built an impressive new three storey family home with a cupola which came to be known as Wolverton Hall – Regency style
Architectural Photos, Washington, Ontario
Washington – Gothic Revival stone cottage
Architectural Photos, Plattsville, Ontario
Plattsville – #32 – Gothic Revival – verge board trim on gable, second floor balcony
Architectural Photos, Plattsville, Ontario
Plattsville – #4 – Italianate, cornice brackets, two-story bay window
Architectural Photos, Plattsville, Ontario
Plattsville – 66 Albert Street – 3-story, Second Empire style with dormers
Architectural Photos, Ratho, Ontario
Ratho – Gothic
Architectural Photos, Ratho, Ontario
Ratho – wraparound veranda